• Dear LearnNow

    The Power of the Arts

    Recently we heard from a distressed high school art teacher about how the visual arts were being stripped bare in her town’s school system. The high school had lost the arts department head; art and music teachers were being cut, …

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  • Brain 101

    Understand Your Teen’s Brain

    The teenage brain is as active as that of a 2-year-old, making new connections and, yes, mistakes, in order to grow “You’re so mean—I hate you, Mom!” Your daughter crosses her arms and rolls her eyes. How did restricting her …

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  • Learning Myths

    How Daydreaming Can Boost the Brain

    What’s going on in our brain when we daydream or rest? More than you might think. My husband does not believe me when I tell him that I cannot stop thinking. He claims that he can “shut off his brain” …

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  • Science in Action

    Making Sense (Not Just Cents) from Big Data

    Also published on The Huffington Post They are watching you. Every time you swipe your card at your local gas station they are watching you. Every time you buy a book from Amazon.com they are watching you. Every time you …

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  • Learning Technology

    Learning to Think Critically About Media

    Do screens and screen time affect the lives of our children? Absolutely. Just how, exactly, depends on a number of variables: What are they consuming, and why? What is the content? What are they doing, feeling or thinking while they …

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  • Global Learning

    What Happens Now? The Fallout of Greece’s Education Cuts

    Adrienne is a fifth-grade student in Greece. Her neighborhood school closed, so she now travels half an hour to attend school many kilometers away. She sits in a classroom with other students who traveled similar distances. They wait for their …

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  • LearnNow Heroes

    Darell Hammond

    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, KaBOOM! Author of The New York Times Bestseller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play Darell Hammond is the Founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit based in Washington, DC dedicated to …

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  • Wellness & Learning

    Sleep Deficits

    Scientists are learning why a lack of sleep is bad for our health Evidence shows that a lack of sleep can have a negative impact on our health, increasing the risk for accidents as well as health problems like obesity, …

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In the News

What Is Your Baby Telling You?

What your baby is telling you"Your baby is absolutely truthful. What you see is what they mean. If your baby is crying, she wants help. If he is smiling, he wants to engage. Trust your baby's expressions—face, body and vocal—and you can begin to understand who she is." — Kevin Nugent is Director of the Brazelton Institute, Boston. Learn More >